Observations on Evolution

weighingcreation“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”  Hebrews 11:3.

In the essay “Is Theology Poetry” C. S. Lewis discusses his view of the universal evolution theory  – “By universal evolutionism I mean the belief that the very formula of universal process is from imperfect to perfect, from small beginnings to great endings, from the rudimentary to the elaborate, the belief which makes people find it natural to think that morality springs from savage taboos, adult sentiment from infantile sexual maladjustments, thought from instinct, mind from matter, organic from inorganic, cosmos from chaos…. It seems to me immensely unplausible, because it makes the general course of nature so very unlike those parts of nature we can observe….  We are taught from childhood to notice how the perfect oak grows from the acorn and to forget that the acorn itself was dropped by a perfect oak.  We are reminded constantly that the adult human being was an embryo, never that the life of the embryo came from two adult human beings.  We love to notice that the express engine of today is the descendant of the ‘Rocket’; we do not equally remember that the ‘Rocket’ springs not from some even more rudimentary engine, but from something much more perfect and complicated than itself — namely, a man of genius.  The obviousness or naturalness which most people seem to find in the idea of emergent evolution thus seems to be a pure hallucination.

Here Lewis expresses beautifully the problem with evolution theory, at least with universal evolutionism, which is the theory that all things evolve from lower to higher forms naturally without any outside influence.  In addition to the fact that there is no direct evidence of any lower form of being that involved into man, the evidence that we do have through our observation of nature refutes this evolution theory.  As Lewis’s examples show evolutions in persons and things from lower forms to higher forms generally spring from influences from higher beings (the scientist creating both the express engine and the rocket or the embryo created by the adult parents that itself then grows into an adult) or higher forms (the oak tree creating the acorn that then grows into an oak tree).    There is no evidence that lower forms initially sprang from nothing as evolution theory would suggest.

All evidence we have points to a supernatural outside force (by faith God in a Christian’s view) creating the universe and everything in it.  Once you accept the fact of God creating man and his surroundings it makes it easier to understand how such a magnificent being  and place came about.  As C. S. Lewis said – “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

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